died: c. 980
Zen: The Mystery and Poetry of the Beyond, ch. 2
oshobob The Living Workshop
monk asked Koyo Seijo, "Daitsu sat in zazen for
ten kalpas and could not attain buddhahood; he
did not become a buddha. How can this be?"
Seijo said, "Your question is quite self-explanatory."
The monk asked, "He meditated so long; why could
he not attain buddhahood?"
Seijo said, "Because he did not become a buddha."
A strange answer. But Zen is full of strange
answers, tremendously significant, but if you look
only at the words you will miss the point.
Seijo said, "Because he was a buddha, and he was
unnecessarily running after being a buddha. How
he can attain it?"
A roseflower, if he tries to become a roseflower, do
you think he will ever attain it? He is not looking at
himself, he is already the roseflower; he is looking
in all ten directions – where to go, where to find the
secret of becoming a roseflower – and he is not
looking at himself...
Zen: The Mystery and the Poetry of the Beyond,